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Lord of the Flies Centenary Edition



The Green Ember – S.D. Smith

The Green Ember is the first book of a four book series. These books share the timeless tale of good triumphing over evil in the land of Natalia. This allegorical tale is a wonderful way to spend a lazy afternoon.



Goodbye, Friend!  Hello, Friend! – Cori Doerrfeld

Goodbye, Friend! Hello, Friend is a great little children’s book that tackles the topic of change and highlights challenges as well as rewards. Gentle text and engaging illustrations make this a wonderful read aloud that will resonate with students and most assuredly spark further discussion.

Title: Goodbye, Friend! Hello, Friend! Author: Cori Doerrfeld Genre: Juvenile Fiction


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It Will Be Okay: Trusting God Through Fear and – Lysa Terkeurst

Our daughter re-discovered this book recently and found it was a reassuring read during these uncertain times. This review was originally posted December 18, 2014.

It Will Be Okay: Trusting God Through Fear and Change is a terrific book. The friendship that develops between little seed and little fox is a sweet one. Their adventures […]

My Side of the Mountain – Jean Craighead George

I revisited this classic and so enjoyed it. My Side of the Mountain shares the adventures of Sam Gribley as he spends a year living alone in the Catskill Mountains. His ability to live self sufficiently with his pet falcon Frightful was fascinating.




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Sometimes You Fly – Katherine Applegate

Sometimes You Fly is another great book option for a graduation gift. The text takes one through the journey of growing up highlighting milestones and accomplishments of childhood. The illustrations in this book truly delight. This one is a favorite!


Celebrate You – Sherri Duskey Rinkler

Celebrate You would be a great graduation gift. It is filled with charming pictures that highlight the ups and downs experienced to reach a myriad of important milestones. This one is a winner!

Title: Celebrate You! Author: Sherri Duskey Rinker Genre: Juvenile Fiction Publisher: Balzer + Bray Release Date: March 5, 2019 Pages: 40

Surf’s Up – Kwame Alexander

Surf’s Up is a terrific end of the school year read aloud option. It not only features the fun of reading, but it also shares the delight that can be found in coupling reading with other fun summer activities. This gem is a real winner!

Title: Surf's Up Author: Kwame Alexander Publisher: NorthSouth (NY) Release Date:

February 1, 2016



Plant a Kiss – Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Plant a Kiss is an uplifting story about generously sharing your gifts. The text is deceptively simple for a book with such a meaningful message, and the pictures are a delightful addition to the text. This book could be easily used for a meaningful read-aloud with learners of all ages.






Water Princess – Susan Verde

The Water Princess presents the childhood experience of Georgie Badiel in Burkina Faso. This book combines lyrical story telling with beautiful illustrations. It would be a great literary element to include in a study of water and the scarcity of this precious natural resource throughout many areas in the world.

Title: The Water Princess Author: Susan Verde, Georgie Badiel,





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North! Or Be Eaten! – Andrew Peterson

The second book of The Wingfeather Saga is a winner! Filled with more irony and even more plot twists, North! Or Be Eaten! is a suspenseful read that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end. As soon as she finished this book, our middle school age daughter was ready […]